It may take up to 6 weeks to recover. The goals of treatment are to put the bones of the elbow back into place and to promote healing.
The bones may be put back in place:
- Without surgery—anesthesia will be used to decrease pain while the doctor puts the bones back into place
- With surgery—an incision will be made to put the bones back into place and to repair any damaged ligaments. An external hinge may be used to support the bones while they heal.
Other treatment may include:
- Medicines to ease pain and swelling
- Supportive care, such as resting the area and using cold or warm compresses
- A splint or sling to keep the elbow in place as it heals
- Physical therapy to help with strength, flexibility, and range of motion
This content is reviewed regularly and is updated when new and relevant evidence is made available. This information is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with questions regarding a medical condition.
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